April 18th-24th was National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The third week of April 2021 was National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a week that honors victims of crime, to recognize successes and restate our commitment to serving these brave victims.
For survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, not only are they victims of crime, they also are often charged for crimes committed against them. This week we recognize these crimes, and recognize the weight of criminal relief for survivors.
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Deb (Executive Director) and Diane (Support Group Leader and Board Member) recently had the honor of attending the wedding of Cynthia Bressler and Andrew Marsh. Cynthia volunteered in several capacities over the last few years including strip club outreach, co leading support group and mentor. Cynthia graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work and works for an eating disorder treatment center in St. Louis. Cynthia is just one of the many volunteers who makes a difference at Homestead. (Post written by Michele Johnson)
Internships at Homestead are a win win for everyone involved. We have been blessed with such an amazing group of people who have interned with us. KState, MCC, and online programs have all placed students with us through criminology, social work, marriage and family therapy, Biblical counseling, family life education and many more. Some stay for a semester, some for a year. Interns gain s first hand knowledge of sex trafficking, the challenges, struggles,
Homestead is blessed through the volunteer services provided-emotional support, mentoring, research, event organization, fund raising, shadowing, filling in, co-leading groups, and so much more.
Interns gain invaluable first hand knowledge of the challenges of recovering from sex trafficking and off all aspects of our transitional program.
Allison is a perfect example. Allison Roman, a criminology major at K State recently completed an internship at Homestead. She is taking her experience with her into police work as a law enforcement officer in hutchinson ks.
Deb is thrilled that criminology majors who go on to work are already trained in recognizing and intervening with training statistics having heard strikes first hand.
Allison said that her time at Homestead, was such A blessing and that it expanded her viewpoint and empathy for trafficking survivors. She is excited to take that knowledge into police work. She felt honored that the queen untreated then with their stories. It also expands the girls viewpoints to know that they too now know police officers personally.
(Post written by Diane Clark)